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SQL Server database restore error: specified cast is not valid.(SqlManagerUI) (2)

Could be because of restoring SQL Server 2012 version backup file into SQL Server 2008 R2 or even less.

I am using SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard (version 10.50.1600.1) for my production website and SQL Server Express edition with Advanced Services (v10.50.1600.1) for my localhost as a database.

Few days back my SQL Server crashed and I had to install a new 2008 R2 Express version on my localhost. It worked fine when I restored some older versions taken from Express edition but when I try to restore database from .bak file which is taken from production server it is causing the following error:

Error: Specified cast is not valid. (SqlManagerUI)

and when I try to restore the database using command

Use Master
Go
RESTORE DATABASE Publications
FROM DISK = 'C:\Publications.bak'
WITH MOVE 'Publications' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.SQLEXPRESS2008R2\MSSQL\DATA\Publications.mdf',--adjust path
MOVE 'AlPublications_log' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.SQLEXPRESS2008R2\MSSQL\DATA\Publications.ldf'

It generates a different error

Msg 3154, Level 16, State 4, Line 1
The backup set holds a backup of a database other than the existing 'Publications' database.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

I have cross checked the versions. They all seem matching to me as shown in the image below

Previously I was able to restore a database from standard version to express edition but now it fails. I deleted the database and tried to recreate it. That fails, too.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I would appreciate help in this regarding

Issue was resolved as it seems .bak file was corrupt. When I tried it with a different file it worked.


Finally got this error to go away on a restore. I moved to SQL2012 out of frustration, but I guess this would probably still work on 2008R2. I had to use the logical names:

RESTORE FILELISTONLY
FROM DISK = ‘location of your.bak file’

And from there I ran a restore statement with MOVE using logical names.

RESTORE DATABASE database1
FROM DISK = '\\database path\database.bak'
WITH
MOVE 'File_Data' TO 'E:\location\database.mdf',
MOVE 'File_DOCS' TO 'E:\location\database_1.ndf',
MOVE 'file' TO 'E:\location\database_2.ndf',
MOVE 'file' TO 'E:\location\database_3.ndf',
MOVE 'file_Log' TO 'E:\location\database.ldf'

When it was done restoring, I almost wept with joy.

Good luck!





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